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October 13. 2017

FAQ Friday: Unpacking the Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System

Q: How do I organize the materials in the new Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System?

A: View this UNPACKING Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System document for a step-by-step guide on how to organize the materials that come in the system. 

<<To see more FAQs or get answers to other questions from a trained consultant, please visit the Discussion Board!>>

October 12. 2017

Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Core Values: A Vision for Literacy Education

In order to build a successful school community in which all members are treated and treat others with empathy, kindness, and respect while recognizing every child's right to grow up literate, everyone must all share the same vision and goals. 

Fountas and Pinnell believe that through dynamic literacy education that exemplifies common beliefs and core values, students will come to understand their physical, social, and emotional world and their roles as informed global citizens, which are hallmarks of the literate lives they can lead. Below are the 10 Core Values on which Fountas and Pinnell's work is based. Do these values reflect those of your school?

Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Core Values
Schools are places where STUDENTS:
  • 1. Act as members of a cohesive learning community that sustains their literacy growth and success.
  • 2. Engage in authentic inquiry within and beyond the classroom walls to ignite their intellectual curiosity and expand their knowledge of the world and of others.
  • 3. Believe in themselves and their own ability to acquire and use language and literacy for learning and enjoyment.
  • 4. Read, and think, talk, and write every day about relevant content that engages their heart and minds.
  • 5. Read, and think, talk, and write about texts that are culturally sensitive, reflect the diversity in our world, and vary in genre, content, and perspective.
Schools are places where TEACHERS:
  • 6. Implement a coherent set of evidence-based instructional practices in whole-class, small-group, and individual contexts.
  • 7. Make expert instructional decisions based on evidence gained from systematic observation and ongoing assessment data.
  • 8. Work as a team to take collective responsibility for the high achievement of every student in a widely diverse population.
  • 9. Act as members of a community with a common vision, common goals, and a strong belief that their work can transform children's lives through literacy.
  • 10. Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to their own professional learning and to supporting the learning of their colleagues and team members.

To discover the valuable tools and resources that were created in alignment with these values, visit www.fountasandpinnell.com.

 ~The Fountas & PInnell Literacy™ Team
October 10. 2017

Teacher Tip: Selecting Guided Reading Texts for Intermediate/Middle-Level Readers

For all students from the first years of school to upper elementary and middle school, text selection is very important. We recommend short texts for guided reading even at intermediate and middle-grade levels. The things students learn reading short texts can be applied to longer texts in independent reading. Here are some other considerations for selecting texts for intermediate/middle-level readers:
  • Select nonfiction texts with compelling topics and stories that will engage readers.
  • Select texts that have excellent examples of high-quality writing in the genre.
  • Examine the illustrations to assure that nonfiction texts include complex graphics that help readers learn how to synthesize information from them and integrate it with the body of the text.
  • Assure that fiction texts have high quality illustrations (where applicable) that enhance the meaning of the text and communicate the mood.
  • Assure that the range of texts are accurate, culturally sensitive, and reflect the diversity of our world.
  • Select texts that have deeper messages so that students can reach out for them.

From Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Copyright (c) 2017 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Published by Heinemann.

October 5. 2017

Daily Lit Bit - 10/5/17

Work with colleagues in your school to establish a set of core values that will form the backbone for every decision you make. A set of values is not the same as a comprehensive curriculum. It’s a known set of statements that gives you a touchstone against which to measure your decisions.

October 4. 2017

VIDEO: The Story of The Literacy Continuum

The Literacy Continuum is at the center of all Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ resources. It contains the text demands, competencies, and behaviors on which such valuable resources as Leveled Literacy Intervention, Benchmark Assessment Systems, and Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ were built. In order to implement these resources effectively, you must intimately understand this indispensable literacy tool.

This video shows the story of how The Literacy Continuum was conceptualized, and how it can be used to guide your assessment, activate responsive teaching, and support your students on their language and literacy journeys. 

This is The Literacy Continuum.


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